2003 Chicago White Sox Baseball Graphs Review

Following are graphs and commentary regarding the 2003 season of the Chicago White Sox. Questions or comments can be sent to me at dave@baseballgraphs.com.



AL Central Standings The American League Central Race

The White Sox had three distinct segments to their season. Up to the All-Star break, they were two games under .500. From July 17th to September 9th, they were 8.5 games over .500. And from then to the end of the season, they were one game under .500. Unfortunately, this left them short of the Minnesota Twins for the division title.

Some of this streakiness was due to the schedule, but only some of it. For instance, the White Sox were 8-11 against the Tigers (the Tigers won more games vs. the Sox than any other team). Through July 17th, the Sox had lost six of seven straight games against the Tigers. For the rest of the eyar, they won five of six.





Comments How to Read this Graph

This chart holds the clue to Chicago's resurgence. As you can see, they were on of the best pitching/fielding teams in the league at the end of the year. But, when you hold your mouse over the graph, you can see that their offense was terrible the first half of the year. Pitching got slightly worse, but the bats had a second-half resurgence.

Batters who were awesome the second half included Ordonez, Crede, Lee, Konerko, Thomas and Everett. Just about everyone. You can view the Sox's second-half stats here.

Move your mouse over this graph to view the status of each team at the season's midpoint (July 1st).


Pitching and Fielding

Fielding Independent Pitching is based on the following formula: (13*HR+3*BB-2*K)/IP. Defense Efficiency Ratio is (Non-catcher putouts/Batted Balls in Play), adjusted for ballpark. Circle sizes in this graph are proportional to the percent of fieldable balls successfully converted into outs by the fielders.
The White Sox' Pitching and Fielding

The Sox were one of the best pitching/fielding teams in the league this year; sort of a poor man's Seattle. Their FIP, DER and fielding stats were all above average.

Among fielders, Jose Valentin deserves the Gold Glove at shortstop, according to David Pinto's analysis and Win Shares. Other top Sox fielders included Olivo and Crede.

On the mound, the White Sox got a tremendous surprise year out of Loaiza (FIP of -0.11) and a very good year from Bartolo Colon (FIP of 1.01, helped by a DER of .731 -- look for a decline next year). Marte and Gordon were also tremendous out of the bullpen.

How to Read this Graph


White Sox Ten Game Averages
April May June July Aug Sept
OBP .330 .310 .320 .355 .346 .329
SLG .440 .377 .405 .517 .499 .439
FIP 1.20 1.76 0.85 0.64 0.58 1.57
DER .745 .717 .740 .706 .713 .756
The DER stats in this table are based on limited data; the trend between months per team is more valid than the absolute number.
The White Sox Day-by-Day

The Sox lost the first game after the All-Star break, but then they went on a tear, as you can see on the chart. You can also see the trends in runs scored and allowed pretty clearly.

The pitching was particularly outstanding from June through August. But the season turned on the bats, and the White Sox's bats turned quiescent in some key series, particularly against the Twins in early September.

The Sox had some of the best power in the league, by the way. Their slugging percentage was fifth. But their OBP was only .331, compared to an average for the league of .336. As a result, they had the third-least at bats with runners in scoring position. When you look more specifically at their lineup, it appears that the #8 and #9 positions were significantly below league average in OBP. In the American League, this can matter.



Chicago White Sox' Win Shares

Player          Team    Pos     Hit     Field   Pitch   Sum     WS 	
--------	-----	----	----	----	-----	-----	---	
E Loaiza        CWS     P       0.00    0.00    23.06   23.06   23	
F Thomas        CWS     DH      22.42   0.40    0.00    22.82   23	
M Ordonez       CWS     OF      19.63   3.18    0.00    22.80   23	
C Lee           CWS     OF      17.36   2.85    0.00    20.21   20	
J Valentin      CWS     SS      10.35   8.08    0.00    18.42   18	
B Colon         CWS     P       0.00    0.00    16.93   16.93   17	
D Marte         CWS     P       0.00    0.00    15.14   15.14   15	
J Crede         CWS     3B      8.86    4.54    0.00    13.40   13	
M Buehrle       CWS     P       0.00    0.00    13.06   13.06   13	
T Gordon        CWS     P       0.00    0.00    10.84   10.84   11	
J Garland       CWS     P       0.00    0.00    10.06   10.06   10	
C Everett       CWS     OF      7.55    1.68    0.00    9.24    9	
T Graffanino    CWS     SS      5.48    3.33    0.00    8.80    9	
M Olivo         CWS     C       2.24    5.39    0.00    7.63    8	
D Jimenez       CWS     2B      3.98    2.62    0.00    6.60    7	
A Rowand        CWS     OF      4.91    1.50    0.00    6.41    6	
R Alomar        CWS     2B      2.27    2.68    0.00    4.95    5	
S Alomar        CWS     C       1.89    2.29    0.00    4.19    4	
B Daubach       CWS     1B      3.24    0.59    0.00    3.83    4	
P Konerko       CWS     1B      1.63    1.90    0.00    3.53    4	
K Wunsch        CWS     P       0.00    0.00    3.46    3.46    4	
B Koch          CWS     P       0.00    0.00    2.27    2.27    2	
G Glover        CWS     P       0.00    0.00    1.92    1.92    2	
W Harris        CWS     OF      0.02    1.54    0.00    1.56    2	
J Paul          CWS     C       1.14    0.29    0.00    1.43    1	
S Schoeneweis   CWS     P       0.00    0.00    1.29    1.29    1	
S Sullivan      CWS     P       0.00    0.00    1.10    1.10    1	
A Miles         CWS     2B      0.65    0.07    0.00    0.72    1	
A Rios          CWS     OF      0.00    0.48    0.00    0.48    1	
J Burke         CWS     C       0.44    0.01    0.00    0.45    1	
J Adkins        CWS     P       0.00    0.00    0.38    0.38    0	
J Stewart       CWS     P       0.00    0.00    0.31    0.31    0	
J Borchard      CWS     OF      0.00    0.30    0.00    0.30    0	
M Porzio        CWS     P       0.00    0.00    0.18    0.18    0	
D Wright        CWS     P       0.00    0.00    0.12    0.12    0	
D Sanders       CWS     P       0.00    0.00    0.10    0.10    0	
N Cotts         CWS     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
M Ginter        CWS     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
J Paniagua      CWS     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
R White         CWS     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	

The White Sox' Individual Players

Chicago made a couple of inseason trades to improve the team. Picking up Carl Everett helped a lot (9 Win Shares), but Roberto Alomar wasn't much of an improvement over Jimenez.

Three co-MVP's for the Sox seems about right. Carlos Lee's fine year should also be noted, as well as Joe Crede's. Paul Konerko salvaged an incredibly poor start with months in July and August, though he reverted to first-half form in September and wound up with only four Win Shares.

It also must be said that Keith Foulke for Billy Koch was a bad idea.

You can view all American League Win Shares data via the following links:
All Players, Top to Bottom
Players Ranked by Position
Players Fielding WS by Position